Colonial SWCD Staff

Jim Wallace
District Manager

Jim returned to the Colonial SWCD in March 2016 after being away for several years. Jim brings with him a solid background in District operations and program implementation and is responsible for the day to day operations of this organization as District Manager. 


Tom Dunlap
Conservation Specialist II

Tom graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and returned to VCU in 2014 for an M.S. in Biology, researching isotopic biogeochemistry. Tom has lived in the Richmond area for the last 10 years and prior to coming on at the District worked in urban forestry, horticulture, environmental education, and laboratory management. He has been with the District for 2 years now and currently administers the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share program, assists with conservation planning for the District, and manages the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act agricultural land assessments for our localities.  

Sheila Jaruseski
Office Coordinator

Sheila joined the district in November of 2015.  She graduated from Illinois State University with a B. S.  in Business Administration. Originally from the Midwest, Sheila came to Williamsburg in 2003 and has previously worked in the Williamsburg-James City County school system.  In her current role, Sheila handles all administrative and financial tasks, as well as helping with Envirothon and educational programs.


Robyn Woolsey
Urban Conservationist

Robyn Woolsey, a native of Blacksburg, VA, graduated from Virginia Tech in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Science. Since graduating, Robyn has spent time in West Virginia on a forestry field crew, and in far Southwest Virginia working in environmental education and community outreach. Robyn joined the Colonial SWCD in November 2017 to help inspire and empower local youth and community members to become stewards of their environment, while promoting sustainable, community-driven urban conservation opportunities.  

Tabea Zimmermann
Conservation Specialist I

Tabea earned her BSc. in Environmental Science (2015) from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She then worked on a biological research station in Costa Rica, where she managed a stream monitoring program and assisted with wildlife conservation and reforestation projects. More recently she was based in Zambia, where she lived in a rural community and collaborated with local farmers to promote and practice Conservation Agriculture techniques. Having recently joined the District in July 2019, Tabea will assist with administering the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share program. She looks forward to learning about the agriculture and conservation issues in this region while applying her professional and life experiences to the position. 

Bob Winters
Turf Love Program Assistant

Bob Winters came to the District in February 2019 to assist with managing the Turf Love program. Bob is one of the founders of Turf Love, and has been vital to its success over the past 20 years. As a Certified Nutrient Management Planner, Bob brings a wealth of knowledge of turfgrass management and conservation to the District. 

Mackenzie Perkins
Urban Agriculture Technician

Mackenzie has been working in agriculture for 12 years on vegetable farms, cut flower farms, and retail and wholesale nurseries. A Louisiana native, she relocated to Richmond Virginia in 2014 and started her own small cut flower farm in 2017 called Boots and Shoots in Chesterfield County. She's a member of the River City Flower Exchange that offers a locally grown wholesale flower market to florists and loves to see how the local movement is changing the industry. She loves growing vegetables, experimenting with new recipes and new crops and cooking for and sharing the harvest with friends and family.  When she's not farming she enjoys spending time with her three dogs, kayaking and white water rafting on the James River, hiking and camping, and cooking. She's excited to be working with vegetables again and especially loves pickling all the veggies.